DAIR: June 2020

Welcome to the June 2020 edition of the DAIR Community Newsletter. We have exciting news to share with you.

DAIR Webinar – “How to Deploy Docker in the DAIR Cloud” – July 8 at 1:00 p.m. ET

On our next DAIR webinar, we’ll discuss how to set up a Docker environment (Docker host for containerized applications) using standard cloud instances. Sign up using the button below.


If you missed the previous webinar, “Getting Started and Succeeding with Morpheus”, you can find a recording of it below.

Welcoming Cynthia Emerson to the DAIR Community

We’d like to extend a warm welcome to our new DAIR Program Manager, Cynthia Emerson!

Cynthia joins the CANARIE team with 20+ years of experience as a management consultant working on strategic initiatives and programs primarily focused on SaaS, IT Integration, and the adoption of cloud technology. She has worked for both the private and public sectors, with clients including the Province of Ontario, Bell Canada, and McMaster University. Equally passionate about next-generation technology, Cynthia has also enjoyed working with and advising startups on how to scale for growth and set up for success. When not online, Cynthia can be found on a bike path or walking her dogs. Feel free to say hi to Cynthia on our Slack channel or through contacting [email protected].

New DAIR BoosterPacks

We are entering the 6th month of BoosterPacks and are continuing to gather feedback on what you like about them and what new features you want to see.


You can help shape the future of DAIR by taking this short questionnaire.
We are also looking to expand on our BoosterPack catalogue in the following technologies:

  • Big Data storage (data lakes) and processing
  • Serverless applications
  • Aurora RDS or DynamoDB
  • Machine learning model training
  • Speech-to-Text/Text-to-Speech
  • DevOps and Infrastructure as Code toolset
  • Blockchain for non-financial use

If you have expertise in these technologies or know someone who does, please contact [email protected]. We’d be happy to provide more information on how to become a BoosterPack Builder and discuss the compensation for becoming one.

Bits n’ Bytes

1) DMZ – Growth Accelerator Program 

For Canadian SMEs, DMZ is now accepting applications for the 13th Growth Accelerator Program.

Best of all? This year the program will be virtual, so it will be accessible from your home!

Deadline for applications: July 15th for the upcoming cohort.

To learn more, please visit: dmz.to/accelerator

To apply, please visit: dmz.ryerson.ca/apply

2) NEXT CANADA – Next AI Top Startup Award

Next AI is accepting applications for their 2021 cohort for Toronto or Montreal. Next AI is one of Canada’s premiere accelerators for idea- to pre-seed stage AI-enabled startups.

Deadline for applications: August 28th.To learn more, visit: https://www.nextcanada.com/next-ai/

2021 cohort application form

3) Council of Canadian Innovators – COVID-19 Slack Channel

The Council of Canadian Innovators has created a Slack channel to make information more accessible for small businesses. Follow the link below to join the channel to learn more about grants and programs introduced through the Council of Canadian Innovators, stay connected with Canadian innovators, and receive the latest updates.

Slack Channel: http://bit.ly/COVID19Slack